THE 10 FACTS AND FIGURES THAT WILL DECIDE STATE OF ORIGIN
* BLUES AT HOME MCG
Of the four Origin games played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground since 1994, the Blues have won three. Queensland's only win there came in 1995.
MELBOURNE LIKELY TO DECIDE THE SERIES
* An Origin game has been played on neutral turf in Melbourne on eight occasions. In seven of those series, the team that has won there has gone on to claim the Origin trophy. The exception being in 2015 when the Blues won game II at the MCG but lost the decider at Suncorp Stadium.
* THE GREEN BLUES
The NSW squad has just 39 games of Origin experience. This is the lowest since NSW had 26 games of experience in game three in 1984 - though teams only had a two-man bench in that series. It is the lowest total of any 17-man squad in Origin history.
* THE GAME ONE ADVANTAGE
Of the 36 three-game Origin series, the side which wins game one has lifted the trophy on 26 occasions. That has rung true in seven of the last nine series.
* THE GI EFFECT
New Maroons captain Greg Inglis is the leading try-scorer in Origin history with 18 tries. When he runs out on Wednesday, he will equal Wally Lewis and NSW coach Brad Fittler on 31 Origin games. If he plays the entire series, he will drawl level with Petero Civoniceva as the fifth most capped Origin player.
* BROOM THROUGH THE BLUES
Fittler has named 11 Origin debutants. This is the most of any side since 1981 when NSW brought in 12 new players following their defeat in the inaugural Origin game in 1980.
* MAROONS LOSE THEIR HEART AND SOUL
With Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith retiring and Darius Boyd and Matt Scott dropped, Queensland have lost 101 games of Origin experience. Comparatively, the 17-man squad named by Kevin Walters boasts 112 games of Origin experience.
* BABY BLUES
The Blues' average age is just over 25 - the youngest of any NSW side since the 2004 series opener (just under 25-year-old). At 20 years and 204 days and 20 years and 355 days respectively, Nathan Cleary and Latrell Mitchell will become the youngest NSW debutants since Will Hopoate in 2011 (19 years and 37 days).
* THE GAME ONE SLOG
History tells us that game one is dominated by defence. Since 1990, 24 of 28 series openers have been decided by 10 points or less. NSW's 28-4 game one victory last year was the third biggest ever Origin I win.
* THE FIRST 40
Over the last nine years, the team that has led at halftime has won on 22 of 27 occasions. The Blues last year gave up a 16-6 halftime lead to lose game two 18-16.
Source: Fox Sports Stats